Michael V. Hernandez, J.D.


Director, LL.M. Programs

Faculty Advisor, Moot Court Board and Trial Advocacy Board


Professor Michael Hernandez joined the faculty of Regent University's School of Law in 1992 and has taught Appellate Advocacy, Advanced Appellate Advocacy, Foundations of Law, International Human Rights, Property, and Race & the Law. While at Regent, he has served as the dean of the School of Law, director of the LL.M. in American Legal Studies degree program, the director of the Honors Program, faculty advisor to the Moot Court Board and to the Hispanic Law Students Association, and as the head coach of Regent's award-winning Moot Court teams.

Prior to teaching, Hernandez practiced law in the areas of products liability litigation at McGuire Woods and environmental litigation at McSweeney, Burtch & Crump, both law firms in Richmond, Virginia. He has served as a consultant for attorneys litigating cases in state and federal court, including before the United States Supreme Court.

Hernandez's scholarship focuses on property law, race and the law, law and religion, law and public policy, and appellate advocacy. He is the author of the book, Unlocking Estates in Land and Future Interests, and co-author of Virginia Practice Series: Real Estate Closings with Professor Wade Berryhill of the University or Richmond School of Law.


Who's Who in America (57th & 58th Eds.)

Who's Who in American Law (10th, 11th & 14 Eds.)

Who's Who in American Education (7th Ed.)

Academic Keys Who's Who in Law Education (WWLE) (2005-present)

Regent University School of Law 1L Professor of the Year, 2000-01, 1998-99, & 1993-94

Regent University Faculty Award for Excellence (Spring 2008)

Regent University Outstanding Faculty Advisor (Moot Court Board) (2011)


Board of Governors, Virginia Bar Association (2017-present)

Board of Governors, Virginia State Bar Education Section (2015-present)

Board of Directors, Christian Legal Society (2018-present)

Member, Virginia Bar Association's inaugural Pro Bono Council (2015-17)


“In Defense of Pluralism:  Religiously Affiliated Law Schools, Olympianism, and Christophobia,” 48 Toledo Law Review 283 (2017).

"Unlocking Estates in Land and Future Interests" (West Academic Publishing) Virginia Practice Series: Real Estate Closings (West ed.) (co-author with W. Wade Berryhill).

"The Rule of Law, Historical Equity, and Mexican "Contra Prohibition" Immigrants," 9 Regent Journal of International Law 29 (2012).

"Theism, Realism, and Rawls," 40 Seton Hall Law Review 905 (2010).

"Theistic Legal Realism and Normative Principles of Law," 2 Liberty Law Review 703 (2008).

"Restating Implied, Prescriptive and Statutory Easements," 40 Real Prop. Prob. & Tr. J. 75 (2005).

"Practice and Feedback in the Property (and on the Golf) Course, Teaching the Law School Curriculum," 340-42 (Carolina Acad. Press 2004).

"A Flawed Foundation: Christianity's Loss of Preeminent Influence on American Law," 56 Rutgers Law Review 625 (2004).

"Annual Survey of Virginia Law: Property Law," 35 University of Richmond Law Review 777 (2001).

"Lessons Learned from Teaching a Seminar on Race & the Law," 9:2 Education & Practice 5 (Spring 2001).

"Annual Survey of Virginia Law: Property Law," 34 University of Richmond Law Review 981 (2000).

"Bridging Gibraltar: Latinos as Agents of Reconciliation in Relations Between Black and White America," 11 La Raza Law Journal 99 (2000).

"The Right of Religious Landlords to Exclude Unmarried Cohabitants: Debunking the Myth of the Tenant's 'New Clothes,'" 77 Nebraska Law Review 494 (1998).

"In Defense of Moot Court: A Response to 'In Praise of Moot Court -- Not!'" 17 Review of Litigation 69 (1998).

"Cost Recovery or Contribution?: Resolving the Controversy Over CERCLA Claims Brought By Potentially Responsible Parties," 21 Harvard Environmental Law Review 83 (1997).


Member of Virginia State Bar since 1987

Admitted to practice before the following courts:

  • Supreme Court of the United States

  • Supreme Court of Virginia

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

  • United States District Courts, Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia American Bar Association

Meet Our Faculty

Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., J.D.

United States Supreme Court

Senior Lecturing Fellow

John D. Ashcroft, J.D.

Distinguished Professor
Law & Government

Jeffrey A. Brauch, J.D.

Executive Director, Center for Global Justice


757.352.4040 jbrauch@regent.edu
Bruce N. Cameron, J.D.

Reed Larson Professor of Labor Law

757.352.4522 bcameron@regent.edu
Judge Bernice B. Donald, J.D., LL.M.

United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Senior Lecturing Fellow

Judge Stuart Kyle Duncan, J.D., LL.M.

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Senior Lecturing Fellow

Justice Robert H. Edmunds Jr., J.D., LL.M. (Ret.)

Associate Justice, Supreme Court of North Carolina

Senior Lecturing Fellow

Natt Gantt II, J.D.

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Co-Director, Center for Ethical Formation & Legal Education Reform


757.352.4734 nattgan@regent.edu
Judge Robert J. Humphreys, J.D.

Court of Appeals of Virginia

Senior Lecturing Fellow

Harry G. Hutchison, J.D., PGCE

Distinguished Professor

Justice Barbara A. Jackson (Ret.), J.D., LL.M.

Associate Justice, Supreme Court of North Carolina

Senior Lecturing Fellow

Bradley P. Jacob, J.D.

Principal Lecturer

Director, M.A. in Law Program

757.352.4523 bradjac@regent.edu
Justice D. Arthur Kelsey, J.D.

Supreme Court of Virginia

Senior Lecturing Fellow

Janis L. Kirkland, J.D.

Principal Lecturer

Director, Legal Analysis, Research and Writing

757.352.4334 janikir@regent.edu
Lynne Marie Kohm, J.D.

Professor; John Brown McCarty Professor of Family Law

757.352.4335 lynnkoh@regent.edu
Audrey J. Lynn, J.D.

Head of Electronic Services & Digital Initiatives, Law Library

Adjunct Professor

757.352.4463 audrlyn@regent.edu
Benjamin V. Madison III, J.D.

Director, Bar Passage Initiatives

Co-Director, Center for Ethical Formation & Legal Education Reform


757.352.4586 benjmad@regent.edu
William E. Magee, J.D., MSLS

Assistant Director for Public Services, Law Library

Justice Stephen R. McCullough

Supreme Court of Virginia

Senior Lecturing Fellow

Kathleen A. McKee, LL.M.

Associate Professor

Director of Experiential Learning

757.352.4639 kathmck@regent.edu
Judge Henry Coke Morgan Jr., J.D., LL.M.

United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia

Senior Lecturing Fellow

Jay Sekulow, J.D., Ph.D.

Chief Counsel, American Center for Law and Justice

Distinguished Professor of Law

Randy Singer, J.D.


Director of the Singer Civil Litigation Practicum

757.352.4554 rsinger@regent.edu
Ray Starling, J.D.

General Counsel to the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce

President of the NC Chamber Legal Institute

Senior Lecturing Fellow

Judge Ken Starr, J.D. (Ret.)

United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Senior Lecturing Fellow

Craig A. Stern, J.D.

Director, Honors Program


757.352.4080 craiste@regent.edu
Judge William B. Traxler Jr., J.D.

United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Senior Lecturing Fellow

Kimberly R. Van Essendelft, J.D.

Principal Lecturer

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

757.352.4689 kimbvan@regent.edu
S. Ernie Walton, J.D.

Assistant Dean of Admissions


Director for the Center for Global Justice

757.352.4315 stevwa1@regent.edu
Gloria Whittico, J.D.

Director, Academic Success Program

Associate Professor

757.352.4852 gwhittico@regent.edu


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